ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters. Two Tied At The Top July 26 2013

Caroline Masson and Ashleigh Simon are tied at the top of the leaderboard after  the first round  at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Caroline Masson / Getty Ashleigh Simon / Getty South African Ashleigh Simon and Germany's Caroline Masson shot bogey free first rounds of -9 under par 63, to take the joint lead in the Ladies European Open. Ashleigh said she had to get up early because of her 0710 tee time, but had a good breakfast, and then really enjoyed the day;  “ I played really well, hit 17 greens and made one really good save out of the bunker for par. It was solid golf, good putting and when it’s like that, golf is a lot of fun. I had a good breakfast. I was up early at 4.45 am so maybe I should do that more often. It was good fun and I really enjoyed it today. I was talking to my caddie about the bunkers because I was at home last week and practicing a lot and I had one day where I was hitting it really close out of the bunkers. I’m feeling good out of the bunkers, so it’s confidence. Those longer bunker shots are never that easy but it worked out well. I managed to birdie the last five holes to finish at nine-under, so I’m very pleased. Last week I finished fifth and played really well, I just made some silly mistakes. This week I knew if I kept hitting the ball like last week, there was a low one in me. I even had a drop today and that was a three-putt, so disappointing but I stayed in the present and just kept going. I hit some really good shots coming in the last few holes and had to hole some putts as well. The greens are superb here. You just have to pick your line and put a good stroke on it and they are going to go in. The course is in great condition, it’s better than last year. I think the rain on Tuesday definitely helped soften it up a bit. You can fire at these pins and they are definitely holding." Rebecca Artis, Klara Spilkova and  rookie Ann-Kathrin Lindner all played early and finished at -6 under par, while Cheyenne Woods, Bree Arthur, Kylie Walker, Diana Luna and Margherita Rigon are a stroke further behind on -5-under par. Cheyenne Woods is looking to book her spot for the  Ricoh Women’s British Open via this week’s tournament hopes to continue her strong play; " I felt like I played really steady, one bogey, I felt like I hit the ball well so overall it was a good day. I definitely learned last week through experiencing it, so this week I feel really good. I’m just going to continue to play steady and not worry about today’s round. Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll just continue my strong play the rest of the week.”